CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
Synthpop Gaining a following and recognition for a band can be extremely hard in any sense. I mean, just look at how many musicians are out and about, trying to make a name for themselves. Some fail, some don't, and some don't even breach fame past their local area. However, that's not to say that some don't shoot for the stars and make it there. Because, if anything, Chvrches has proved that you can make it big in a short span of time.

This young Scottish trio has gained international success, attracting a moderate following and cranking out music that slaps you straight back to the eighties. Each member of this band has their own unique talents, whether its Lauren Mayberry's sweet vocals flowing through each of the songs, Iain Cook providing his excellent and emotional guitar work to the music, or Martin Doherty applying genuine synths, the trio is not complete without one another.

And I am so glad to catch on early to this rising act. Starting in 2011, the trio recorded several demos. The success was good; so good, in fact, that they decided to form Chvrches. Not having any religious connotations, the V replaced the U just so internet searches wouldn't lead to something other than them. And it's a unique and memorable name to keep through their hopefully long career.

And, well, two years later, they released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. And, this is a powerful album in every sense of the word. I kid you not, Mayberry's vocals are something that can inspire dreams; listen to her sing often enough, and you might be inspired just to write a full length novel. This is immediately apparent with their wonderful and successful hit single The Mother We Share. Her voice shines through like a ray of sunshine on a miserable day. There's no way not to smile when listening to this song; it just has a gigantically positive energy ebbing off of it.

But, even when her voice subsides and one of the male vocalists take over, the songs still sound fascinating. Under the Tide is one such instance, which takes a quiet and less pop approach, but still manages to build up and leave an impact on your soul. And what makes this song ever more magical would be the dual talents of both the lead singer and the man presented within the song. It's enough to bring a tear to a baby's eye.

The music itself is just gorgeous. It's extremely uplifting in every sense of the word, with the synths ranging from hard to soft, but, no matter what, each and every song is still soothing. You can jump between any song on the list and I swear to you that you'll enjoy each minute of the whole album.

Not only that, but, in the Special Edition, you are given an extra four tracks to play with, two of which are remixes. The remixes still stick within the styling of Chvrches, but never quite make as much of a hit as the original songs do. Needless to say, they were still enjoyable in their own sense.

And, well, there's just so much good to say about this album that it's hard to stop talking about it. I can say that Chvrches has made me a fan. Normally, I wouldn't find myself listening to music such as this, but there's room for change in every human being. And I'm honored to say that I'll be listening and relistening to this album for ages to come.
5
Brutal Resonance

CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe

9.0
"Amazing"
Spotify
Released 2013 by Glassnote Records
Gaining a following and recognition for a band can be extremely hard in any sense. I mean, just look at how many musicians are out and about, trying to make a name for themselves. Some fail, some don't, and some don't even breach fame past their local area. However, that's not to say that some don't shoot for the stars and make it there. Because, if anything, Chvrches has proved that you can make it big in a short span of time.

This young Scottish trio has gained international success, attracting a moderate following and cranking out music that slaps you straight back to the eighties. Each member of this band has their own unique talents, whether its Lauren Mayberry's sweet vocals flowing through each of the songs, Iain Cook providing his excellent and emotional guitar work to the music, or Martin Doherty applying genuine synths, the trio is not complete without one another.

And I am so glad to catch on early to this rising act. Starting in 2011, the trio recorded several demos. The success was good; so good, in fact, that they decided to form Chvrches. Not having any religious connotations, the V replaced the U just so internet searches wouldn't lead to something other than them. And it's a unique and memorable name to keep through their hopefully long career.

And, well, two years later, they released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. And, this is a powerful album in every sense of the word. I kid you not, Mayberry's vocals are something that can inspire dreams; listen to her sing often enough, and you might be inspired just to write a full length novel. This is immediately apparent with their wonderful and successful hit single The Mother We Share. Her voice shines through like a ray of sunshine on a miserable day. There's no way not to smile when listening to this song; it just has a gigantically positive energy ebbing off of it.

But, even when her voice subsides and one of the male vocalists take over, the songs still sound fascinating. Under the Tide is one such instance, which takes a quiet and less pop approach, but still manages to build up and leave an impact on your soul. And what makes this song ever more magical would be the dual talents of both the lead singer and the man presented within the song. It's enough to bring a tear to a baby's eye.

The music itself is just gorgeous. It's extremely uplifting in every sense of the word, with the synths ranging from hard to soft, but, no matter what, each and every song is still soothing. You can jump between any song on the list and I swear to you that you'll enjoy each minute of the whole album.

Not only that, but, in the Special Edition, you are given an extra four tracks to play with, two of which are remixes. The remixes still stick within the styling of Chvrches, but never quite make as much of a hit as the original songs do. Needless to say, they were still enjoyable in their own sense.

And, well, there's just so much good to say about this album that it's hard to stop talking about it. I can say that Chvrches has made me a fan. Normally, I wouldn't find myself listening to music such as this, but there's room for change in every human being. And I'm honored to say that I'll be listening and relistening to this album for ages to come. Feb 05 2014

Steven Gullotta

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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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